Not a bad day(s)

After the relief of being “hired” as an assistant again, I suddenly got a stroke of ambition and started planning out the entire year’s worth of lessons. Since I’m teaching at a different school this year, I can use the same lessons as last year, but I want to improve them a little and add more audio/visual components, like songs and movies.

Then I looked up the vacation dates for Group A and started thinking about all the European countries I still have yet to visit, which is essentially Germany, Scandinavia, and all of Eastern Europe. Follow that with browsing Easyjet’s and Ryanair’s websites to see where they fly to from Geneva and Grenoble and drooling over flights to Prague at the end of October for 15 €. I’m just as excited about teaching as I am about vacations. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.

After a sleepless night, I baby-sat/spoke English for 2 hours with the little guys and then headed downtown with Jessica on a free bus. Today was the day of mobilité or something like, so all of the buses and bikes in Annecy were completely free. We met another assistant (from Yorkshire), and then hung out in the playground with Mandy & her family and I finally met Penny & David! They’ve been here since May and I still hadn’t met them; but then again, I hadn’t seen Mandy since last November so I guess I am pretty slow with hanging out with people.

Then it was ice cream in the old town, followed by more geeky online time. All in all, a pretty good start to the weekend.

E-mail from the rectorat of Grenoble

Nous avons le plaisir de vous proposer un poste en tant qu’assistante de langue anglaise dans l’académie de Grenoble. That’s right, I got renewed!!!!!! Yay for having an income again! The only sucky thing is that it’s an hour from here by train. Plus my two schools are not close together, so I can’t walk […]

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Waiting Situations

Short update on how things never change here: Six weeks and no new carte de séjour or French driver’s license. Big surprise. Still no news from the rectorat either. I just have to wait until someone in Haute-Savoie quits or doesn’t show up, so that means another few weeks of waiting. At least my old […]

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Please enter the 21st century, France.

David did another concours test today so he can find a new job. He had to use the Minitel in order to take it! The Minitel. Which was popular in the 80′s. Apparently the direction du travail has not heard of the actual internet… Then I saw this dude on the news tonight. He’s Bernard […]

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De la part de Canaille

Salut ! Je m’appelle Canaille. Et je suis une vraie canaille. J’aime bien casser les vases et grimper sur les rideaux. Je fais pipi sur le lit tout le temps, mais malheureusement, ma mère ferme la porte de la chambre pour que je ne puisse plus entrer. J’adore gémir quand je sens la bouffe, quand […]

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Il faut !

Il faut que je fasse plus d’efforts de parler en français, donc voilà, j’écris en français. Avec l’arrivée de Jessica (qui parle vachement bien français), je me suis rendue compte que j’ai été trop paresseuse cette année. Je parle à peine français, même avec David, et je passe la plupart du temps à penser, à […]

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Maybe, just maybe…

Jessica and I went to Baudelaire today so she could meet some of the English teachers and find her way around the school. I hadn’t been back there since April 30, my last day of work, so it was really good to see the teachers again. I saw a lot of my old students, most […]

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Double grrrrrrrr

I received this on Monday evening from the rectorat: Assistante d’anglais en 2006-2007 dans l’académie de Grenoble, vous avez fait une demande de renouvellement pour effectuer une deuxième année d’assistanat à la rentrée 2007. Pourriez-vous nous dire, très rapidement, si vous êtes toujours intéressée par un poste en tant qu’assistante de langue. Veuillez recevoir, mademoiselle, […]

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Recent Happenings

The new assistant at my old school arrives today! I’m way too excited about this. I’m heading to the gare soon to pick her up and bring her back here. I just hope Canaille lets her sleep and doesn’t attack her feet all night like he does with mine… Plus I get to tell her […]

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Customer Serwhat?

I hate you, French customer service. It’s as if you don’t even exist here. Oh Conforama, why did it take two weeks instead of a few days to give us our new bookcase? The receipt clearly stated we could pick it up the 23rd of AUGUST, not the 7th of SEPTEMBER. What’s that? You want […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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